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While attempting to address actual social issues, pupils will gain the skills needed to operate in various fields in the future.Moving away from tests and their limited right or wrong answers, learning here focuses more on projects, which contain both failures and successes. Failure is a valuable trigger of growth and this school does not practice overprotective education, which prevents pupils from learning from their failures.

Features of our learning

Each and every pupil plays a leading role

This is not a place where teachers are the educators and pupils are the educated. Rather, both teachers and pupils create education together. This school will be shaped by each and every pupil's thoughts about the kind of school and lessons they want.

Failure can be the best form of learning

Moving away from tests and their limited right or wrong answers, learning here focuses more on projects, which contain both failures and successes. 'Wrong' answers are decided by other people, but 'failure' is determined by the pupils themselves. Failure is a valuable trigger of growth and this school does not practice overprotective education, which prevents pupils from failing and learning from such failures.

Learning from three perspectives

We practice learning that values the following three perspectives in all study activities.
- Learning that fosters the competency to succeed in society
- Learning that starts with students' inquisitiveness
- Learning that values connections with real society

Society as a whole is our 'school'

Our place of learning does not stop at the school gates. Hiroshima has a rich history and culture as obsered by many tourists that come to visit from all over the world. This city provides students with the perfect opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom into the local environment. Here, we encourage our students to go beyond the school gates and live by our slogan of "society is our school".

Learning environment that facilitates diverse study types

Normally, a classroom is an enclosed space within four walls. However, similar to domestic-style living rooms, the classrooms in this school provide an 'open' environment where pupils can relax and learn. Equipped with individual PCs, projectors, and smart white boards, it is an environment that supports pupil collaboration, innovation and creation.

Specialist subjects

Future Creation Program

The "Future Creation Program" is a Global-Project Based Learning program, which will be the core of this school's educational activities. In this program, our students will work with their peers from around the world to tackle global issues such as war, poverty, environmental degradation, population dynamics, health and education.

Academic English Ability

We encourage Academic English skills to be obtained.

Japanese

In the class, we offer the topics, stories and themes which students can feel familiar with. We connect such topics to materials in the textbook, and students share, examine, and consider these materials. Through these activities, students realize the fact that it is normal that there are a lot of questions which have no only one-absolute-answer, and develop the mentality of respect for diversity and the value of it.

Social studies

We value that each student studies further through setting an inquiry topic and inquiring into it by oneself, not by just taking a lecture and acquiring knowledge from it.
Student can think deeply and grasp topics from multi-perspectives through various learning styles such as individual, pair, and group learning.

Math

We are learning some arithmetic patterns in math class. We also got many different ideas from each person. We are challenging to find some patterns in the real world.

Science

We learn science at the coast and outside of school. HiGA science focuses on experiential learning. In a class room, students scientifically verify their experience. They can find links between experiential learning and academic learning.

Visual Arts

Through Visual arts classes, we emphasize that we can enjoy discovery, exploration, and activity. In addition, while creating artworks, we record the production process in a process journal, and approach not only visual expression but also creative thinking in language.

Music

We are looking for every student to think and find skills for his/her own musical development. For example, music teachers introduce the ways to approach common problems for student’s singing, but students take full responsibility for finding their own solutions.

Physical and Health Education

Physical and health education lessons encourage students to improve their communication skills by collaborating with others in order to solve the given tasks. The main language is English and students will actively learn English in both PE classes and the extra curricular “Activity for Life(A4L)”program. In Health education lessons, students will explore different aspects of health through deeper researching processes.

Technology

Students tried research activities on their own. They created a simple video about plant growth and management by using the functions of the tablet. Also, they challenged to deepen their interest while they were trying to set the theme about the technology to manage various crops, animals and aquatic organisms.
Each of their themes are different, so they created a map which include related words of each topic. Moreover, they challenged the activity of organizing their ideas.

Home Economics

The subject of Home Economics had the unit which is ‘Family, home and community’. The statement of inquiry is ‘well-being of the family is enhanced by the collaboration with the community’. In the second half of the unit, based on the high aging rate of OsakiKamijima, we experience the mental and physical changes of the elderly through the simulated elderly experience, and make use of that experience. In fact, the social welfare corporation Osaki welfare society operates a day service at nursing home Osaki Mihamaso, so students also learned how to relate and communicate through contact with the elderly people who are users of the service.

English

In English classes, the students are differentiated in separate classes according to their English ability. They learn English using a system of teaching which is designed to teach a second language in a similar way to how people learn to speak their mother tongue. This means that students begin with lots of listening practice, and systematically progress through the other skills of reading, writing, and speaking to develop their overall ability of academic skills.

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